Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson has confirmed that he would be retiring from international cricket at the conclusion of the second Test against New Zealand in Perth.
The 34-year-old hangs up his boots on his Australian career after becoming the fourth highest Test wicket-taker with 311, surpassing Brett Lee’s total of 310. While Dennis Lillee (355), Glenn McGrath (563) and Shane Warne (708) remain out in front.
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The veteran said in a statement as quoted by Cricket Australia: “I feel now is the best time to say goodbye. I have been lucky enough to have had a wonderful career and enjoyed every moment of playing for my country. It’s been an incredible ride.
“But the ride has to come to an end at some point and to do so here at the WACA is very special. I’ve given the decision a lot of thought. Beyond this match, I’m just not sure that I can continue competing consistently at the level required to wear the Baggy Green.
“My career has certainly had its up and downs but I can honestly say I have given it my all and am proud of everything I have achieved.”
Born and raised in Queensland, Johnson has played 153 ODIs, taking 239 wickets at an average of 25.26 and featured in 30 Twenty20 internationals, took 38 wickets.
He follows a host of fellow veterans – Michael Clarke, Brad Haddin, Ryan Harris, Chris Rogers and Shane Watson, who all quits after the recent humiliating Ashes series against England.